Sunday 2 June, 2013 – Cafe Scientifique

BrisScience is teaming up with Inspiring Australia to present a Cafe Scientifique at the Queensland Museum. This special event is a dinosaur double-header that promises to be both educational and entertaining!

Please note that this is a ticketed event and tickets must be purchased online before arrival (tickets won’t be sold at the door).

  • Time: 1 – 3pm, Sunday 2 June, 2013
  • Venue: Queensland Museum, South Brisbane
  • Tickets are $10 and only available online. Numbers are strictly limited so get in quickly!
  • Questions? For any further information please contact Andrew.

A Dinosaur Duck Autopsy

Dr Paul Willis, Royal Institution of Australia

Paul and T-Rex 1320x1206It is now firmly established that birds are descended from dinosaurs. If that’s the case, then there ought to be numerous clues to this relationship in every chicken, turkey or duck you have ever eaten.

In this demonstration palaeontologist Dr Paul Willis, from RiAus, will dismember a (cooked) duck and show you what it has inherited from its dinosaur ancestors.

RiAus Director Dr Paul Willis is well-known as a science broadcaster with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, presenting and producing on ABC television science shows including Quantum and Catalyst. Paul is passionate about informing, educating and amusing people of all ages and backgrounds about science and is keen to seize the opportunity to talk about science in a variety of public forums.  He was rewarded for his passion in 2000 when he was joint recipient of the Eureka Prize for Science Communication. Prior to his work in television, Dr Willis had a research career in vertebrate palaeontology, and was the resident palaeontologist on seven Antarctic expeditions. He has produced many academic reports and papers, has authored or co-authored seven books on dinosaurs, rocks and fossils, and has written many popular science articles for a variety of publications.

Conserving Australia’s Dinosaur Heritage: Walking the Line in The Kimberley

Dr Steve Salisbury, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

Steve Salisbury As Australia’s resource industry continues to expand, many aspects of our precious National Heritage are being placed at risk. Among these are areas that preserve important chapters in the story of Australia’s unique dinosaur fauna.

Exciting new research by Dr Salisbury and his team has helped to highlight the significance of dinosaur tracks in The Kimberley region to the public at large, which contributed to the collapse of a $40 billion LNG development. But with the Western Australian government still determined to develop the area as a major port for onshore shale gas projects, the battle to protect Australia’s dinosaur coast rages on.

After travelling to Germany and the UK to complete his PhD on crocodilian locomotor evolution, Dr Steve Salisbury returned to Australia to pursue a life-long dream of searching for Australian dinosaurs. In 2001 Steve was a part of the team that discovered what was at the time Australia’s largest dinosaur, Elliot the sauropod, whose study forms part of his current research programme. Steve is currently a Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland, and a Research Associate at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Steve now conducts regular expeditions to Cretaceous vertebrate localities in central-western Queensland and the Dampier Peninsula in The Kimberley region of western Australia.  He is also currently involved in field-based research on the South Island of New Zealand and on the Antarctic Peninsula. His research has been the impetus for the establishment of a $1.5 million interpretive centre in the outback town of Isisford, central-western Queensland, and recently helped to secure National Heritage Listing of dinosaur tracks on the Dampier Peninsula.



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